2020 FULLY BOOKED, NOW BOOKING 2021 WEDDINGS

Honest. Natural. Authentic.

The thrill of finding love. The rush of exploring somewhere new. The moment your life peeks just around the riverbend (cue Pocahontas). Catching those moments and trapping them to remember and treasure years from now is what makes my heart skip a beat.  I'm so looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your unique adventure – whatever and wherever it is!

in CINCINNATI and beyond

adventure wherever YOU are

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I'm a wedding photographer because I simply love crafting memories. Not just capturing them...crafting them!  I want you to remember exactly how you felt, not just how you looked. I want you to feel known, not just documented. I'm over cliché trends and forced poses. Let's go with the moment, slow things down, take it all in. 

I want your friends, your family and the generations to look at those photos and say, "YES. That's her. That's him. That's them. That laugh and that quirky smile." I want these photos to be easy and natural, to showcase your love and your story wherever you are. Step one is to get to know each other and I simply can't wait! 

I want your photos to ooze honesty and authenticity.

and it's so great to meet ya

Oh hey, I'm Shelby!

ABOUT ME

"Shelby is simply amazing. Shelby knows how to help you relax, guide you into poses and provide you with a finished product that makes you feel like you're fashion-magazine worthy (even if you're like me - just your 'average' bride)! Shelby is highly professional and delivers exactly what she promises - world class photos and a fun atmosphere. She's incredibly kind, creative and upbeat. I felt like my best friend was taking my photos (versus a 'random' vendor). I can't recommend Shelby enough. If you're looking for a photographer, please don't look any further. I can guarantee Shelby is exactly the person you need."
- Elizabeth & Collin from San Francisco

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"My experience with Odessa James Photography was amazing!! My fiancé and I felt so comfortable behind the camera which isn’t usually the case and the photos turned out even more amazing then I thought! She did a fabulous job capturing the little moments. I am so grateful to have these pictures for the rest of my life!"
- Peyton & Joseph from Denver

 

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"Shelby is amazing! She is extremely talented and an absolute joy to be around. We had so much fun running around Red Rocks posing like Vogue models under a rising sun. She is so easy going and easy to connect with. I absolutely recommend Shelby and her vibrant spirit. Don't just settle for pics around someone's yard or a lake by your house. Give her a fun beautiful spot you've dreamed of having photos taken in and she'll make it happen."     
- Allison & Will from Colorado Springs

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"I really hope I can put into words how incredibly impressed & happy we are with Shelby. She photographed our wedding this past May and I can imagine having every single photo framed and put on our walls. Shelby did an amazing job capturing our wedding day but her work goes way beyond that! She was genuine, fun and just as adventurous as us! I could not recommend her and her work enough."        - Tricia & Zack from Kentucky

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"The most talented, kind-hearted, and creative photographer!! She was absolutely amazing at capturing precious moments and interactions as well as scenery and landscape at our destination wedding in Maine. She has a way of making you feel at ease and while helping stage the most wonderful photos! Highly recommend! She's not only excellent at her job but also is one of kindest people you'll ever meet!."        - Ramune & Ben from Maine

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